Getting to Riomar

To arrive at Riomar requires about 1/2 day travel from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. First you must get to Golfito, a small town located in the southern pacific corner of Costa Rica, nestled in the Gulfo Dulce only about 20 miles from the border of Panama. From there it is a 2 hour drive southwest to the town of Pavones.

Flying from San Jose

A one hour flight from San Jose to Golfito is the best method for efficient travel, using local charter planes or Sansa or Nature Air. Your other alternative is to drive or use the local bus line, Tracopa. By road, this journey takes 7 hours.

From Golfito, take a taxi, driving a little under 2 hours on dirt roads as you wind your way through hills, farms and jungle to our little coastal town of Pavones.

Driving from San Jose or Golfito

Driving Instructions: From San Jose to Pavones can take up to 9 hours total. You have 2 options leaving San Jose: The coastal highway or the Pan-American highway. The coastal highway is a much more scenic, pleasant route although it can add 1-2 hours depending on traffic leaving San Jose going towards the coast. Eventually both routes meet at 'Palmar' after about 5-6 hours driving. Keep heading south to 'Rio Claro'.

If your preference is to fly to Golfito but you want to have a car while in Pavones, go to Solid Rent a Car in Golfito.


There is no bank in Pavones. Dollars and Colones are accepted everywhere. The local markets accept plastic as well.

Shopping/Eating Out

There are a number of restaurants in Pavones that will satisfy even the pickiest gringas appitite. There are also two markets to choose from. Locals and expats also sell fresh bread and produce under the mango tree in the mornings. There is also a fish hut near the end of the point where you can haggle for the days catch if you like as well.